Tuesday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed frustration at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her delay in sending articles of impeachment to the Senate. “We have the votes once the impeachment trial has begun to pass a resolution essentially the same, very similar to the 100-to-nothing vote in the Clinton trial,” (McConnell said about the process.)
A major difference between Pelosi and McConnell is whether witnesses will be called. “All we are doing here is saying we are going to get started in exactly the same way 100 senators agreed to 20 years ago,” “What was good enough for President Clinton is good enough for President Trump.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer contradicted McConnell raising a broader point, “Democrats believe that a fair trial means that all of the relevant facts come out,” “And witnesses and documents are part of that fair process.”
Thursday, Speaker Pelosi addressed the “Clinton impeachment rules” at her weekly press conference “It’s exactly not like Clinton in that he won’t do a bipartisan agreement on how to proceed. So, that’s very important. But, it’s not incidental to say but for the documentation and witnesses.”
Yet Friday, in a surprise move, Pelosi sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler indicating that she will transmit the two articles of impeachment to the Senate next week.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill